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Following a two-year LDS mission to South Africa and an injury-plagued sophomore season, Friel entered the spring of 2012 buried on the depth chart, only to emerge as the team’s starter due to a rash of injuries to those he played behind. He quickly cemented his place in the starting lineup with six receptions for 101 yards and two scores in BYU’s season opener, and went on to catch 30 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns on the year. Friel can play from either an inline position or split out in the slot. He has the ideal frame and ample speed to work the seam, and possesses the power to run through tacklers after the catch. He needs to improve his blocking technique, as his hand placement is almost always outside the defender’s shoulder pads, but continued progress and consistency as a receiver will be the primary factors in determining Friel’s draft stock. –Jeremy Hyde, 07/12
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